Yellowknife's telephone services were established in 1947 by the independent Yellowknife Telephone Company, owned by investors mostly within the community. [3], Yellowknife is home to 695 recent immigrants (arriving between 2011 and 2016) who now make up 3.7% of the population. New sub-divisions were established to house an influx of government workers. Create a Trip to save and organize all of your travel ideas, and see them on a map. [66] One well-known, almost infamous, road in Yellowknife is Ragged Ass Road, after which Tom Cochrane named an album. Both Yellowknife Education District No. [25] In an occasional year, the first fall frost does not come until October. We would like to welcome you to experience the world-class Aurora Borealis viewing in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. [15], In the late 1920s, aircraft were first used to explore Canada's Arctic regions. The Yellowknife Fire Department handles the city's fire, ambulance, rescue, and hazardous materials responses. As a result, jurisdiction for that region of Canada was transferred to the new capital city of Iqaluit. Have fun in the nature. Blakeney, made the first discovery of gold in the Yellowknife Bay area in 1898. The nearby hill known as Ranney Hill is his namesake and a popular hiking destination today. There were no known casualties, although a small quantity of radioactive nuclear fuel was released into the environment, and Operation Morning Light—an attempt to retrieve it—was only partially successful. No part of the Northwest Territories is designated as a mandatory market for digital television conversion; only CFYK-DT converted its main transmitter in Yellowknife to digital. Con Mine entered production on 5 September 1938. [26] Trees such as spruce and birch are abundant in the area, as are smaller bushes, but there are also many areas of relatively bare rock with lichen. [20], Between 1939 and 1953, Yellowknife was controlled by the Northern Affairs department (now Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) of the Government of Canada. The population density was 185.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (480/sq mi). [19] It also resulted in new discoveries at the Con Mine, greatly extending the life of the mine. [54] Production from the two operating mines in 2004 was 12,618,000 carats (2,523.6 kg; 5,563.6 lb), valued at over C$2.1 billion. There were 299 births and 62 deaths in 2014. [3] In 2015 the average income in the city was C$73,500, and the average income for a family was C$160,394, with 7.9% of all families earning less than $30,000. [46], The Northwest Territories is in the federal electoral riding of Northwest Territories and has one Member of Parliament, Michael McLeod, and one Senator, Margaret Dawn Anderson. Electricity is provided to Yellowknife by Northland Utilities, serving 6,350 residential and 800 commercial customers. Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences. Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Agglomerations in Alphabetical Order, 1991 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data, "Census Profile, 2016 Census Canada [Country] and Northwest Territories [Territory]", "Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada", Northwest Territories Official Languages Act, 1988, "North of 60° – Visions of the New North", "Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre", "Northwest Territories Legislative Building", "Welcome to the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre", "Meet Elon Muskox, the Yellowknife sculpture named after Tesla CEO", "Meet Elon Muskox – Yellowknife's newest grassy-haired attraction, named after the Tesla CEO", "Curiosity Rover's New Address: Yellowknife, Mars", List of Northwest Territories television transmitters,, 1936 establishments in the Northwest Territories, Mining communities in the Northwest Territories, All Wikipedia articles written in Canadian English, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox settlement with possible nickname list, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz area identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Native Communications Society of the Northwest Territories, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, Yellowknife profile at the Legislative Assembly.